Uh, raise your hands if you saw THIS coming. Jose Mourinho, who was fired just a couple of weeks ago as manager at Tottenham Hotspur after 18 months in charge, has been hired as the new manager at Serie A side A.S. Roma. He will take charge at the end of the season.
No, we’re not kidding.
Didn’t know that Roma had a managerial opening? That’s to be forgiven, considering the club announced it had parted ways with former head coach Paulo Fonseca this morning.
The club can confirm that head coach Paulo Fonseca will leave at the end of the season.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 4, 2021
It’s wild, isn’t it? You would’ve thought that after a disastrous 18 months at Tottenham that his goose as a manager at a club anywhere near the top level of club football was pretty much cooked. And yet somehow Mourinho continues to feast on his managerial record from over a decade ago and turn it into new job opportunities. It’s frankly incredible.
But if Spurs fans are wondering how in the world this guy got another managerial position so quickly, they should also rejoice, because Mourinho’s decision to take the Roma job just saved the club a boatload of money. Spurs had placed Mourinho on “gardening leave” and were planning to pay him the remainder of his contract or until he received another job. So we should be happy on two fronts — he’s no longer manager at Tottenham, and he’s no longer an financial anchor on the club.
And now, let us never speak of him again, unless it’s if we have to face Roma in the Europa League next season.
Incredible really. Tottenham will end up only paying around 3 million in severance pay to Jose.— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) May 4, 2021